Dear Clare, A candidate for election as a parent governor, at a school where I am the clerk, has complained that a significant number of ballot papers did not reach parents. As a result, he received fewer votes than another parent (one parent governor vacancy only) The ballot papers were sent, in the main, as is usual practice by the school, via the children. Only 38% of ballot papers were subsequently returned. Sending out the ballot papers with the children obviously saves money which is why the school used it. What advice should I offer to the Headteacher please? Regards. Peter.